Tulsa, Okla. – The Welsh Pony and Cob Society of America (WPCSA) wrapped up their prestigious American National Show last week, where the riders and horses celebrated more than 50 years of competition history in Tulsa, Okla. From September 25-29, Expo Square at the Tulsa State Fair hosted over 200 exhibitors competing in 400 classes and a variety of disciplines. Divisions included halter, driving, hunter, English and Western pleasure, children’s, and more.
These elite equine athletes consistently made strong impressions on judges India Baker (Bethel, Maine), Mike Elmore (Santa Fe, N.M.), Karen MacLeay (Sylmar, Calif.), and Cynthia Doll (Oakland, Md.) as they vied for the prestigious title of national champion. Ten US Equestrian high point champions were crowned at the American National.
Select performance divisions at the American National were rated as USEF Competition Lite. Points earned in the Competition Lite classes count towards the USEF Horse of the Year (HOTY) awards for the 2019 competition year.
The American National was packed with fun, as well as competition, with special events including an ice cream social, exhibitor’s party, pizza party and games for youth exhibitors, and a silent auction hosted by the Oklahoma-Kansas Welsh Pony Society.
The first Courage Award and Gold Star class sponsored by Angel Heart Farm were held in honor of “Super Sophie,” a young competitor in the Welsh breed who recently lost her battle with cancer. Gaige Queen was presented with the Courage Award. Learn more about Queen and Super Sophie.
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